Posted 01 March 2010 - 07:28 PM
hey everyone, how's it going?
i ran into some trouble last night. my laptop decided not to boot and gave me the blinking underscore in the top left corner. i was at first worried about overheating so i gave it an hour and switched out the harddrives to one of my older ones and it booted fine, so the computer def works.
so i switched back to the problem hd (160 gig western digital scorpio) and booted from the cd-rom into the recovery console and went through these steps:
1) changed attributes for boot.ini
2) deleted boot.ini
3) bootcfg /rebuild
4) chkdsk /r (said /f is not a valid parameter, i was under the impression that /r implies /f...)
everything went fine, /fastdetect load option, chkdsk found some errors but they were recoverable and fixed (i hope? no /f parameter :[). one other nagging thing, i hit enter too fast and didn't get to put anything under the "load identifier prompt", i don't know if that would mess it up but i am going to do it all over again and make sure i put something in that field...
anyway, i'm going to assume the empty load identifier field doesn't matter...do i need to next use the FIXMBR command? i'm not too familiar with the recovery console because i take great care of my computers and have never really had an issue like this before, so i feel it is prudent to get some advice on how to use FIXMBR. also, could the hd be toast? i figure if the drive is toast none of the above would work.
win xp pro sp3
1 gig RAM